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August 2010

Help Your Teens with Anxiety Disorder

by Staff, on anxiety disorder, at risk youth, at risk youth blog, teen anxiety disorder, teen issue, teen troubles, teens with anxiety disorder

Each and every one of us feels anxiety in certain situations, that is how we are, and that is normal it is part of our lives. But in some cases anxiety can go to the next level and get out of control. In most cases anxiety jumps out from the shadows when our mind feels threatened, but teenagers in some cases can take that anxiety to a whole new level. Well, not just teens, but adults as well, but anxiety disorder is more common with teenagers. The only advantage of teen anxiety disorder to anxiety disorder with grown up people is that it can be dealt with much easier and the teenager may return to normal.

To best describe the anxiety disorder it is a mental state, a state of mind where one person feels fear, worry, panic and of course anxiety in a much larger amount than the average person and over a longer period of time. In some cases the feeling teens with anxiety disorder get are so strong that they cannot feel anything else and are completely driven by that feeling. In some cases people feel like they are having a heart attack when experiencing an anxiety attack. There are different types of teen anxiety disorders; the one thing all of them have in common is that they happen too often, something like panic attacks in regular intervals.

There are plenty of symptoms to look out for, in most cases the teenager will not find them any different than his normal behavior, but the surrounding will notice. So the parents are the front line in fighting the anxiety disorder as they can notice the symptoms before the disorder gets out of hand. The types of anxiety disorders are:

-    Regular anxiety
-    OCD or Obsessive compulsive disorder
-    Phobias
-    Intense fears
-    Panic attacks
-    Social anxiety
-    PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Each one of these types of anxiety disorder is treatable, so don’t give up if your teen seems out of reach. As soon as you notice any signs of anxiety disorder you should take your teen to a professional therapist. In most cases it will be a therapy plan that involves the parents and the family, in rare cases the therapy will be done strictly by the therapist. The first form is a bit slower but it shows better results as teens tend to open up much faster before familiar faces.

Treating a teenager with anxiety disorder can take some time. Try not to focus only on the direct problems that you see, but focus on the child’s physical activities, make sure he or she is getting enough sleep, that he eats regularly and all of the basic things. These can all help the person relieve the stress and anxiety and it will help your child in the long run to deal with his anxiety disorder and overcome it. Staff